Thursday, January 3, 2008

All The Patience In The World

Well recently i had all the time in the world to myself not having anything to do so i decided to watch a late nite movie all on my own. It's been a while so i guess it was just about time. I had two dvd's in mind one was A Mighty Heart and the other Things We Lost In A Fire. Both films starring previous Oscar winners Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry.But in the end i decided to Halle over Angie to save the best for last!

Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss, addiction and recovery from life's obstacles. Halle Berry stars as Audrey Burke, the stay-at-home wife of well-to-do real estate broker Brian. Audrey’s life is shattered when Brian is killed attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute. In her grief, Audrey reaches out to an unlikely ally: her husband’s childhood friend, Jerry, a 40-something heroin addict whose relationship with Brian Audrey has always resented. After Brian’s death, Jerry goes straight, and Audrey invites him to move into her home, where he bonds with Audrey’s kids and begins to heal. The uneasy, tense, and tender relationship that develops between Audrey and Jerry is the heart of the film, with Del Toro’s charismatic performance suggesting realms of human experience previously uncharted on film.

Benicio has one of those rare great faces--like Tommy lee Jones's or Anthony Hopkins--faces so carved and expressive that it's hard for a co-star to match their power of presence. Halle just wilts in this flick and delivers a Lifetime movie performance that I think the director tried to upgrade stylistically by inserting the eye closeups that were ultimately corny. She's a poor co-lead and her performance makes you feel that she was acting in a different film. They should of focused more on Benicio's struggle recovering from the loss of a uniquely loyal friend. They were the true soul mates in this film, not Halle and Duchovny, whose relationship came off as rather typical not soulful. But when you have only a couple of hours to create an impact, it's certain that you'll risk diluting the impact when you have to share camera time with so many characters.

Benicio's performance was simply remarkable for his sensitive, honest and enthralling take on the role of a recovering drug addict. Halle's portrayal of Audrey was bold and emotionally stripped enough to depict the raw, emotionally unreasonable and ANGRY side of mourning and grief was fantastic and all the while her pain, sensitivity and vunerabilty was still piercingly visible. I say "Benicio might have gotten the meatier role, But in some ways Halle got the more difficult one...."

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